Category: General

  • Kimbap veggie rice rolls

    Technically, since there’s a bit of kimchi in these, I should call them kimbap not maki, so I will do that. I got out the bamboo mat and rolled these up. Nori sheets, with seasoned mirin rice, and filled with steamed broccoli and green beans, and fresh carrot, cucumber, mushroom, red onion, and kimchi. Dipping…

  • Parmesan-encrusted French bread cheeseburger with hash browns

    For a day when I really didn’t feel like cooking at all, I sure went to a lot of effort making lunch. I decided to try “roughing up” some potato and sweet potato fries before frying them, by boiling them in baking soda water. In hindsight, doing this with sweet potatoes should have been obviously…

  • Various puffy veggie tempura

    … I think … this might be the first time I’ve ever made tempura? Certainly that I recall. I have vague déjà vu, but not enough to push over into feeling like an actual memory. So, I’ll call it the first time! Turned out pretty good. Way too much was made. I have at least…

  • A big old frosty mug of nostalgia

    Had a big old frosty mug of nostalgia yesterday with root beer floats! I cannot actually recall the last time I had one, but I’ve carried my mugs everywhere I’ve moved for the last couple decades, and I’ve got ice cream scoops in the utensil drawer, all unused for so long I can’t even recall…

  • Summary for the month of Jan 2018

    Here’s a summary of activity for January, 2018. Do check out what I’m up to over at Rigaroga’s Odd Order and Hermetic Library for more. If you can, drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron to help me create a firm foundation with a Basic Income and also keep the cats…

  • Summary for the month of Dec 2017

    Here’s a summary of activity for December, 2017. Do check out what I’m up to over at Rigaroga’s Odd Order and Hermetic Library for more. If you can, drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron to help me create a firm foundation with a Basic Income and also keep the cats…

  • Summary for the month of Nov 2017

    Here’s a summary of activity for November, 2017. I didn’t get as many reviews and things done this month as I had hoped. Mostly this last month has been the beginning of feeling like hibernating, but I’ve managed to reach my reading challenge of 50 books read this year over on Goodreads, so, you know,…

  • Summary for the month of Oct 2017

    Here’s a summary of activity for October, 2017. It continues to get darker and drearier up here, as the cold starts seeping in for real. The cats are getting more and more cuddly, and the weight of them at night is like sleeping in a mummy bag, trapping me in cat created claustrophobia … Lots…

  • Summary for the month of Sept 2017

    Here’s a summary of activity for September, 2017. The cats and I are starting to feel the cold. We’re cuddling up and getting ready for more. I’ve been adding some new litter boxes for the cats which don’t use dusty clay, and it’s been going okay so far. It’ll be a long process, but I’m…

  • Pride and Joy

    Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K Vaughan and Adrian Alphona is a story of six friends that stumble upon a shocking super-powered secret about their parents, and discover their own secrets in response to their parents as they become a team in spite of themselves. They become their heroic selves and find…

  • Hopsy is flopsy

    Hopsy sounded awesome, but doesn’t deliver. I’d been considering trying them out for a long time, and finally decided to put in an order using a promo to get 4 growlers for just $20. I ended up having to wait because they were out of stock of things I wanted to try, and then I…

  • Summary for the month of Aug 2017

    Here’s a summary of activity for August, 2017. I’ve been able to start posting more regularly on the blog, with photos of cats and things, and with book and movie reviews. It was a long cold winter, but the cats and I all survived! Lately, it’s been a long hot summer, but luckily I had…

  • Wood stove

    This morning’s crackle and pop from the wood stove.

  • Designing a new identity for Woodland Action

    Designing a new identity for Woodland Action

    As part of my initial site evaluation and proposal for the Woodland Community Service Center, I suggested the design of an organizational identity. Subsequently, the organization was re-named Woodland Action, and I got a burst of energy around the name. I worked through a design transformation based on the new name, and developed a full…

  • Extending the Call for Submissions to Hermetic Library album for 2015

    Just after announcing the most recent call for submissions, I had a major meltdown during a heatwave and my computer literally melted down (or at least the GPU did). I was unable to properly promote the upcoming album. Then I procrastinated. Then I got busy. Then I procrastinated more. Therefore, while I’ve already told some…

  • AMORC altar set

    Recently I found this interesting set of AMORC altar equipment, two candleholders and an hermetic cross, and picked it up thinking that someone I know would be interested in having it. If you’re interested in these, let me know. (These now have a home.) They’re funky and cool, you know? One of the candleholders has…

  • By the pricing of my goods something capitalist this way comes

    I recently ran into a video posted by Paleofuture about some grand visioning done by Knight-Ridder about the future of the newspaper: This is not only some very interesting prognostication now that we’re in the era of ubiquitous iPads (You know, I just realized I’ve finally gotten over the loss of my Newton! Though I…

  • The thing about collective bargaining

    The thing about collective bargaining: it’s what congress does in a republic; it’s what management does on behalf of shareholders; so … I deny the premise that there’s anything wrong with the compensation package paid to the public workers in Wisconsin for their work. The current bout of union busting is a coldly calculated political…

  • Can’t see the trees through the clear cut

    Parallel infrastructure may be the only way to protect people from both corporations and governments. Of course, for decades the conservative agenda in this country and internationally has been systematically dismantling public infrastructures of all kinds, and fighting the development of any real new infrastructure. We’ve been losing infrastructure, frameworks and safeguards like a clear…

  • links for 2011-02-21

    Robert Reich: The Coming Shutdowns and Showdowns: What's Really at Stake "There's no doubt that government budgets are in trouble. The big lie is that the reason is excessive spending. Public budgets are in trouble because revenues plummeted over the last two years of the Great Recession. They're also in trouble because of tax giveaways…